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KFC and We’re Not Talkin’ Chicken
Kids gather for SYATP ~ see you tube video ~ article follows
KFC and we’re not talkin’ Chicken
Sunrise had not occurred yet, but he was wide- awake this weekday, before school, was different and to him a calling. This was a day for them to shine, the day he and some friends would stand up for what they believe in. Now, this may appear to be a simple task, not such a big deal if they were going to a private school, but this event was being held at the local high school. The meeting would be positive in the midst of hundreds of students as they walked by on a public campus. That day they would join schools across our great country for a meeting. Now for many the meeting may have been irrelevant, but to this kid, it meant everything.
They are a group called, Kids for Christ, yep, that’s what I said, "K-F-C, and we’re not talking about the fast-food chicken. This is about food for life.” We have many of them in our midst, maybe they are hiding under a hooded sweatshirt. Perhaps they're afraid to speak up for fear of attack. However, the day when they go to the pole as a unified group, they will lift one another up. They take a bold stance like the army of God that surrounded Jericho. They will not relent, they will trust in their Heavenly Father, they will not standalone.
The event is, See You at The Pole. This was the day Kids For Christ stood in front of their school at the flagpole. The flagpole which represents, One Nation Under God, and on this day they wanted to stand up for their belief in Christ. They were feeling a passion an eagerness to share.
Hoping in these moments their stance could change, one life? Just one, maybe twelve, only God knows the outcomes. They had immense faith that their position is the difference. Hoping to be the smile that stops a kid from hurting, the sign that a lost soul would be seeking. They were shining their light together for Christ their Saviour, in the land of the free, in a country where they can worship!
A few days before this event he had gleamed as he shared the details of what this one morning would entail. He explained, “Each of us will get to pick a verse and we will pray together.He said, “We will meet at six forty-five in the morning and gather there for about forty-five minutes.”The night before the event he was so excited, the same excitement one has for a big baseball game or fun youth event. This young man is quite the sports lover and most mornings involve a quiet breakfast with the sports channel, giving him a nice review of the weekly sporting events. If you can be in his presence he we always share in the delightful play- by- play update of his favorite sports teams. The sheepish grin shines through as he inhales a breakfast while following the sports news.That morning, however, was the day he would be allowed to honor his most favorite team of all, God’s team. That very special day he would be permitted to share the Good News of Christ, who burns brightly in his heart.
Please don't kick God to the curb
As we know in current times within our society, God is kicked to the curb, so to speak, in public establishments and or settings. To mention His Holy name is treated as some form of treason.
This is so ironic given the mere definition of treason is a betrayal of trust, or breach of faith. We as a people must find this amusing and confusing when our forefathers built this country on faith as on our currency it states, “In God We Trust.” Our pledge of allegiance to the flags that many stood by on the “See You At The Pole Day,” was created and displayed to bring reverence and loyalty to our, “One Nation Under God.”
So yes, the Kids for Christ group were beyond excited that on that one day they could stand outside of their various buildings across this great nation and say, things like
"When God Our Savior revealed his kindness and love, He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit." Titus 3:5 NLV
This verse was one that our son felt called to share with us as to his feeling about that moment in time. His daily walk with Christ is one we as his parents, admire. Our son is quite bold with his faith is such an amazing blessing to watch, the joy of this day being as important to him, as a big game or any teen event is, well, humbling. We couldn’t have been prouder of his conviction for sharing his complete love and respect for his Father in Heaven.
As I drove him to the school, I had the tiniest of pangs in my heart. This pang was a mix of emotions, I am a mom, right? First, pure admiration for Our Father in Heaven. Second, joy, for the conviction He had placed on our son’s heart beginning at such a young age and continuing with such strong and faithful persistence that day and many following.
We stand in awe of the work God is doing in both of our children or should I say, young adults. Their steadfast faith affirms that they and all children are God's and we are granted guardianship of them for a short time.
As a parent I admit the brief entertainment of the risk these kids were taking to place themselves before their public school, after advertising they would stand for their faith in God, right there at the pole. Just as quick as I allowed this thought I put it to rest knowing no matter what, God has all in His control and it is not of my concern.
Our son and those standing with him sons and daughters of a King. They are part of His army and they were eager to get up earlier, secure rides, and they came prepared for what Christ would have them do for His glory.
I hope and pray we all listen for our callings from Christ. He sacrificed so much for you. I must share my slight disappointment that the pole was not flooded with an overwhelming presence of kids, that great morning. As I drove by one last time before heading home I noticed plenty of wiggle room. Wiggle room is quite all right, though. God gives us that. He gives us wiggle room. I suppose it's what we do with that wiggle room that matters?
I pray you are wiggling in hope and faith and are bathed in God’s love. I pray you wiggle your way right into the arms of your Father in heaven. I pray you’re led and guided by the lifting of the Holy Spirit and I pray you accept Christ into your hearts. If these kids can be an example, it must be worth looking into, what do you say? How about not being chicken and trying to be a Kid For Christ. How about being an adult for Christ, how about trusting that He has great plans for those who call upon His name? Maybe just start with "Hello God it's me, you know me, your kid, I wanted to know if you have a minute to talk to the main Guy?